Softball News & Highlights
March 06, 2013
Softball Blanked in Myrtle Beach
Eastern dropped a tough 2-0 decision in the opener to Urbana University (5-0). The Division II Blue Knights had not played a seven inning game in their opening four.
Senior starter Janelle Fair(2-2) allowed only three hits and struck out five in her fourth outing of the spring. Urbana scratched out an unearned run in the third. After the leadoff hitter reached on an error and was moved to second with a good sacrifice bunt, the inning lengthened significantly when the outfield fence blew over. The run finally scored on a the second of two infield hits.
Urbana picked up the second run of the game in the fourth on a prodigious shot to left by Ashley Skinner. The junior catcher fouled off several good pitches before finally squaring up a ball at a time when the gusting wind had died down.
The bottom of the Eastern order set up the Eagles' best chance of the day. With one out, Jesse Figueroa and Erica Chopas walked, and Jessie Baker put a down a sacrifice attempt that Figueroa beat out at third, but Urbana starter Lauren Anderson got the next two hitters to end the rally. Anderson finished with 14 strikeouts. Baker picked up three of Eastern's four hits against Anderson (3-0)
For the second game of the day against Ursinus, the Eagles moved to a natural surface field for the first time of the spring. The gusts of wind blew dust all around and created very difficult fielding situations on balls on the ground or in the air. The Bears were able to put the ball in play against Eastern starter Kasey Williams to take advantage early. Ursinus scored a single run on a sacrifice fly in the first and then plated four in the third as Williams walked four in the inning.
Fair came on in relief in the fourth and was able to get the Bears in order. Monica Bonitatas led off the Ursinus fifth with an inside the park homer that started towrard straight away left and nearly hit the foul pole just below the top of the fence. The Bears got one more run in the fifth and three more on two hits and an error in the sixth for the 10-0 margin.
Jessie Baker singled to lead off the sixth for the only Eastern hit of game two. Baker aw her season average climb 233 points with a 4-for-5 day.
The Eagles (2-4) will take on Randolph and PSU-Harrisburg tomorrow to conclude their Spring Break Trip.
Updated: Wednesday, 06 March 2013